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Tour a Tall Ship

USS Constellation

USS Constellation

List Of Tall Ships You Can Tour

Ahoy! Here you'll find information on tall ships around the world that are open for the public to tour. All ships are grouped by region of the world so that you can easily find a tall ship near you or your next travel destination.

Touring a tall ship is an exciting experience that gives you an appreciation of history, the adventure of sailing and what life was like for the crews that sailed these great old sailing ships. It's a fun and educational activity the whole family can enjoy.

This site lists tall ships that are stationary exhibits most of the time, usually as part of a larger maritime museum. Some do set sail occasionally so please check each ship's website for specifics.

That's the USS Constellation pictured above in Baltimore's Inner Harbor. It's my favorite tall ship to tour.

What's A Tall Ship?

A Tall Ship is a wind powered ship with tall masts and sails. The term typically refers to large sailing vessels that were the warships, freighters and ocean liners of their day before the use of modern engines.

A tall ship does not have to be built entirely of wood, most built in the late 19th and early 20th century had wrought iron or steel hulls and masts.

Tall ships are classified according to their rig (the number of masts and configuration of the sails). Basic rigs include full-rigged ship, brig, barque, brigantine and barquentine.

USS Constitution

USS Constitution

Tall Ships to Tour in North America - East Coast

USS Constitution "Old Ironsides"
Tour the world's oldest commissioned warship still afloat at Charlestown Navy Yard in Massachusetts. Christened in 1797, this warship was a critical part of the early history of the United States, including extensive action during the War of 1812.

USS Constellation
The USS Constellation is the last all sail warship built by the US Navy. She is also the last US Civil War era vessel still afloat and is open to the public as a museum in Baltimore's Inner Harbor.

Peking
A four-masted barque with its mainmast rising to a height of 170 feet, the Peking is one of the largest sailing vessels ever built and is said to be the largest preserved by a museum (New York's South Street Seaport Museum).

Wavertree
Built in 1885, the Wavertree is the largest full-rigged sailing ship built of wrought iron still afloat. She is also berthed at the South Street Seaport Museum in New York City, NY.

HMS Bounty
This replica ship was built by MGM studios in 1960 for the filming of the movie, Mutiny on the Bounty, using the drawings of the original ship built over 200 years ago. HMS Bounty was also in the movie, Pirates of the Caribbean II. Sadly, in 2012, the HMS Bounty was lost at sea during Hurricane Sandy. She was the first tall ship I toured and her name remains here as a memorial.

Charles W. Morgan
Built in 1841, the Charles W. Morgan is said to be the world's last remaining wooden whaling ship. She is a designated National Historic Landmark and is berthed at Mystic Seaport in Connecticut. The ship is back in the water after a 5 year restoration project.

Elissa
Elissa is an iron hulled barque built in 1877 that transported cargo around the world for over 90 years. She continues to sail annually in the Gulf of Mexico and is berthed at the Texas Seaport Museum in Galveston, Texas.

Friendship
The original Friendship was built in 1797. The three masted "East Indiaman" made 15 voyages around the world before being captured by the British sloop of war HMS Rosamond during the War of 1812. This replica of the Friendship was completed in 1998 and is part of the Salem Maritime National Historic Site in Salem, Massachusetts.

US Brig Niagara
The original Niagara was built in 1813 during the War of 1812. Under the command of Commodore Perry, she was a key part of the American victory over the British in the Battle of Lake Erie. This replica was built in 1988 and includes some of the timbers from the original ship. She serves as a Sailing School Vessel during the summer but can be toured at the Erie Maritime Museum the rest of the year.

S/V Denis Sullivan
The Denis Sullivan is a reproduction of a 19th century Great Lakes three masted cargo schooner. She is "Wisconsin's Flagship" and serves as an educational and nautical training vessel, promoting the state's rich maritime heritage. She is available for tours and day sails in her home port of Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Mayflower II
This replica of the original Mayflower that carried the Pilgrims to the New World in 1620 was built in England in 1955 as close to the original ship's design as possible. The Mayflower II recreated that famous voyage across the Atlantic in 1957. She is available for tour at the Plimoth Plantation museum in Plymouth, Massachusetts.

Kalmar Nyckel
The original Kalmar Nyckel made four trips from Sweden to the New World in the 1600s to populate the colony of New Sweden (present day Delaware). This replica of that historic pinnace was launched in 1997 and is now available for dockside tours, day sails and other events. Her home port is Wilmington, Delaware.

Friendship of Salem

Friendship of Salem

Support Your Tall Ships

Many tall ships are owned and maintained by non-profit organizations. These historic ships require a lot of work and money to restore and keep afloat.

Please remember that your admission ticket only covers a portion of these costs. There is usually a donation box onsite or you can find donor information on the ship's website.

Making a purchase in the museum gift shop or at the snack bar also helps.

The Star of India

The Star of India

Tall Ships to Tour in North America - West Coast

HMS Rose (aka HMS Surprise)
This replica ship played the role of HMS Surprise in the Oscar winning movie Master and Commander - The Far Side of the World. She is docked in San Diego, CA, at the Maritime Museum of San Diego.

Star of India
Built in 1863, this barque was originally a full-rigged ship until converted in 1901. She still sets sail at least once a year, is one of the world's oldest active ships and part of the Maritime Museum of San Diego.

Californian
This replica of the 1847 Revenue Cutter C.W. Lawrence was built at San Diego in 1984. She is the official tall ship of the State of California. When not out sailing her annual tour of the California coast, she can be found in San Diego.

Balclutha
The Balclutha first set sail in 1887. She has the distiction of being the last vessel to fly the flag of the Hawaiian Kingdom and is now a National Historic Landmark. The National Park Service acquired her in 1978 and she is part of the San Francisco Maritime National Historic Park.

My Favorite Tall Ship Movie

A.R.C. Gloria at Dusk

A.R.C. Gloria at Dusk

Party On A Tall Ship!

How cool would it be to celebrate your next birthday, graduation, wedding, anniversary, corporate function or any other event on the deck of a tall ship?

Well, you're in luck. Most tall ships are available for private parties and event rentals. Check their website for details.

Portsmouth Dockyard

Portsmouth Dockyard

Tall Ships to Tour in Europe

HMS Victory
The Victory is most famous for serving as Lord Nelson's flagship at the Battle of Trafalgar. Launched in 1765 and still serving as the flagship of the Second Sea Lord, this ship carries a formidable 100 guns and is the world's oldest commissioned warship. When not performing official functions, she is open to the public at No2 Dry Dock at the Royal Naval Dockyard in Portsmouth, England, UK.

HMS Warrior
This ship, built in 1860, was Great Britain's first iron hulled, armored battleship and used both sail and steam power. She is now berthed at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, England, UK.

SV Glenlee
Built in Glasgow in 1896, the Glenlee is a three masted, steel hulled barque that originally served as a bulk cargo carrier before being purchased by the Spanish navy for use as a sail training vessel. She is now back home in Glasgow Harbour and is "one of the cheapest days out in Glasgow".

Seute Deern
This wooden barque was built in 1919 and is one of the original exhibits at the German Maritime Museum (Deutsches Schiffahrtsmuseum - DSM) in Bremerhaven, Germany.

Cutty Sark
One of the world's most famous ships and last of the tea clippers. She is open to the public in Greenwich, England, UK.

Dunbrody
Built in 1845, the original Dunbrody was a three masted barque that is most well known for carrying emigrants from Ireland to the US and Canada during the Irish Famine from 1845 to 1851. This sea-going replica was completed in 2001 and is open to the public in New Ross, Ireland. Visitors to the museum can also access a database of emigrant information.

Pommern
The Pommern is a 4 masted barque built in 1903 that sailed the globe as a cargo ship until the outbreak of WWII. She is open for tours from May to September in the town of Mariehamn, Åland Islands, Finland.

HMS Trincomalee
Launched in 1817, the Trincomalee is a Leda class frigate that was built in Bombay out of teak due to a shortage of oak in England. She served the Royal Navy throughout the 19th century. Restoration was completed in 2001 and the ship is now available to tour in Hartlepool, England, UK.

Vasa
At the time of her launch in 1628, the Swedish Vasa was the mightiest warship in the world with 64 guns. Unfortunately, she sank on her maiden voyage in Stockholm harbor. In 1961, the Vasa was salvaged intact from a depth of 30m and is now the centerpiece of the Vasa museum in Stockholm, Sweden.

SS Great Britain
Built in 1843 by IK Brunel, the Great Britain is the world's first iron hulled, steam powered ocean going ship and was 100ft longer than any ship in the world at the time. Equipped with 4 masts, she served as a passenger liner, troop transport, windjammer and coal ship. She has been restored and is a permanent exhibit in Bristol, England, UK.

Schulschiff Deutschland
The three masted Schulschiff Deutschland was launched in 1927 and served as a merchant training ship. She is open for tours and overnight stays at her berth in Bremen-Vegesack, Germany. Note: The web site is in German only.

HMS Gannet
Launched in 1878, this Royal Navy sloop was powered by both sail and steam. She served in the Pacific Ocean, Mediterranean and Red Seas. You can tour her at The Historic Dockyard in Chatham, Kent, England.

HMB Endeavour

HMB Endeavour

Tall Ships to Tour in Australia

HMB Endeavour
A replica of Captain James Cook's famous ship is berthed at the Australian National Maritime Museum in Darling Harbour, Sydney.

James Craig
This barque was built in 1874 and rounded Cape Horn 23 times during her career. A 20 year long restoration project was completed in 2001. In addition to daily guided tours, her frequent weekend cruises are also open to the public and small groups. The James Craig is berthed at Wharf 7, Pyrmont, NSW.

HMS Victory

HMS Victory

Serve On A Tall Ship

and help keep history alive.

Since many tall ships are owned by non-profit organizations and press gangs are no longer in fashion (or legal), they are often looking for volunteers to help maintain, guide tours and occasionally sail them.

If you have experience, would like to learn some new skills or just want to help keep history alive, then consider volunteering. Check the website of the ship you're interested in or ask when you visit for more information.

NIPPON-MARU

NIPPON-MARU

Tall Ships to Tour in Asia

Nippon-Maru
This four masted vessel was built in 1930 and served as a training vessel. She is now berthed at Yokohama, Japan, at the Yokohama Port Museum.

Presidente Sarmiento in Puerto Madero

Presidente Sarmiento in Puerto Madero

Tall Ships to Tour in South America

ARA Presidente Sarmiento
This frigate, launched in 1897, was present at the coronations of King Edward VII of Great Britain, King Alfonso XII of Spain and King George V of Great Britain. She also attended the 100th Anniversary of Mexico's Independence and the opening of the Panama Canal. She was decommissioned from her training ship duties in 1961 and is now on exhibit in Buenos Aries, Argentina.

Tall Ships Is Our Middle Name

Other tall ship related sites...


  • Tall Ship Tracking Map
    This very cool website maps the location of several tall ships as they sail across the globe using weather and ham radio reports. It also provides the ability to plot each ship's course over time.
  • Traditional Boats & Tall Ships magazine
    A tall ship focused magazine published in the UK. Their site is full of information, links and photos.
  • The American Sail Training Association (ASTA)
    A nonprofit organization focused on youth education, leadership development and the preservation of the maritime heritage of North America. This organization also organizes the annual TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE® race series.
  • Sail A Tall Ship
    For those who want more than just a tour in port, here is a guide to ships around the world that you can actually sail as a trainee. Many of these ships are also available for charter cruises.
  • Privateers in the American Revolution
    An informative article on privateering and its role in the American Revolution.
  • The Glamorous Six Masters
    This site contains info and photos of the six and seven masted schooners built in the US during the early 1900s.
  • The Model Shipyard
    Designers and builders of the STEPHENS & KENAU(TM) range of museum quality Historic Sailing Ship Models. Check out the site, the pics of these models are amazing. Each model takes between 400 and 950 man-hours to build.

Races and Events

  • Tall Ships' Races
    Each summer, Sail Training International organizes a series of races in Europe that includes 70 to 100 vessels from all over the globe.

Tall Ship Movies and Films

Tall Ship Movies
From swashbuckling pirates to action packed naval battles, tall ship movies rock! Below is a directory of tall ship movies and documentaries that might interest...

Master and Commander - The Far Side of the World
A captivating movie based on the even better "Master and Commander" book series written by the late Patrick O'Brian. This movie stars Russell Crowe...

Museums With Tall Ships

Keep Watch

For a tall ship

If you live near the coast, keep on eye on your local news or community events calendar.

There are always tall ships sailing the seas and making ports of call. When they do, there is usually an opportunity to see them in action and possibly even take a tour while they're in port.

To find the current location of a ship at sea, check out the Tall Ship Tracking Map.

Tall Ship Photo & Other Credits

Except where otherwise noted, the tall ship photos on this site are used under Creative Commons from their respective owners.

USS Constellation used under Creative Commons from sneakerdog

Pilgrim used under Creative Commons from Port of San Diego

USS Constitution in the public domain at the United States Navy.

HMS Surprise used under Creative Commons from Chris Radcliff.

Friendship of Salem used under Creative Commons from Mr. T in DC.

The Star of India used under Creative Commons from Mike Towber.

A.R.C. Gloria at Dusk used under Creative Commons from willwhitedc.

Portsmouth Dockyard used under Creative Commons and with permission from MarilynJane.

HMB Endeavour used under Creative Commons from Katie Hannan.

HMS Victory used under Creative Commons from pasujoba.

NIPPON-MARU used under Creative Commons from naitokz.

Presidente Sarmiento in Puerto Madero used under Creative Commons from Diego3336.

I also want to credit the Advertising Slogan Generator which was used to name some of the modules on this lens. It's a great tool for those of us who are creative writing challenged.

Comments

Please leave a comment below if this directory was helpful to you or if there is any other tall ship info or links that you would like to see here. Thanks!

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anonymous on May 19, 2013:

I worked with students on the Niagara and it made me fall in love with these beautiful ladies. I would LOVE to get married on a tall ship.

Rowan Chisholm from Washington state on April 30, 2013:

There's the Lady Washington in Grays Harbor, Washington, too. She starred in "Pirates of the Caribbean".

Both tours and go sailing. This is on my "must do" list.

Hal Gall from Bloomington, IN on March 01, 2013:

My wife and I lived in Newport, RI in the '80's and watched the tall boats from our back deck when they would visit the bay. They are something to see!

Alisha Vargas from Reno, Nevada on February 20, 2013:

Tall ships are incredible. It's astonishing how well some of them have survived considering how dangerous and damaging the sea can be. I was lucky enough to be one of the parental guardians when my niece's school was allowed to stay overnight on the Star of India in San Diego. It was amazing to stay where so many people had been before, and to learn that the ship had gone through mutiny and being locked in the ice and had sailed around the world many times. The Star of India is also supposed to be haunted and is sometimes on the San Diego ghost tours during Halloween.

June Nash on December 29, 2012:

I first heard of the Tall Ships when I was a teenager. Some were touring near our cottage. Everyone took off in their boats to watch them as they passed by. It is a great memory.

MacPharlain (author) on September 17, 2012:

@craftycollector: That's an interesting story about Peking's history as a school/training ship under the name Arethusa. It must have been cool growing up on it.

Thanks for the heads up on the broken link, I've corrected it. I didn't find any info on when she'll leave New York except that it would be soon.

craftycollector on September 17, 2012:

I grew up on TS ARethusa, which is listed as Peking, here aoriginal name, in your list. I presume the link page cannot be found as she is in the process of being returned to her home port, Hamburg. Please see my lens about Growing up on TS ARethusa for more information about Peking:Arethusa - it's the same ship, but while she was a school ship, she was renamed Arethusa and reverted to the name Peking when she went to New York.

pettitjack on August 08, 2012:

I love tall ships

JoyfulPamela2 from Pennsylvania, USA on August 04, 2012:

Tall ships are so beautiful! I've had the honor to tour two of them, but I hope to someday ride out to sea in one. =D

anonymous on July 14, 2012:

I really liked your lense. I will come back as I want to look into volunteer opportunities aboard a tall ship.

MajendaMhutila on June 15, 2012:

Great information, would love to travel on one of them around the Indian ocean oneday!

SheilaMilne from Kent, UK on June 09, 2012:

I was lucky enough to live near HMS Victory and HMS Warrior. I made sure all visitors were taken to visit them. :) The Mary Rose too.

anonymous on May 22, 2012:

Wow. I wish I was around 200 years ago haha. In London we have Cutty Sark, really nice example of an old tall ship.

steveko on May 21, 2012:

I love the tall ships. They have been to Philadelphia a few times. Always great to see them. I've been on one in New Jersey and they took us for a ride, it was awesome. Nice lens.

Joanie Ruppel from Keller, Texas on May 21, 2012:

Very interesting lens. Have toured the Elissa and have seen the replica Mayflower. I love tall ships!

Miha Gasper from Ljubljana, Slovenia, EU on May 18, 2012:

What a beautiful idea! Touring tall ships can be great fun:-)

jayceehaynes on May 16, 2012:

very nice lens :) I love tallships

anonymous on May 04, 2012:

@pcgamehardware: My sister is in Savannah today and tall ships from around the world are there.

ogrote on May 02, 2012:

Brilliant lens. I can see a lot of effort has gone into making this lens.

SellClean on April 29, 2012:

There are several ships that tour the Great Lakes every year. Had the pleasure of taking an excursion a few years back. Lots of fun and very interesting!

grinagallery on April 22, 2012:

A brilliant lens with some stunning images as well. Thanks for sharing. :-)

Peggy Hazelwood from Desert Southwest, U.S.A. on April 21, 2012:

How nice to have a list of the tall ships all in one place. Thank you! I'd love to tour one of these ships one day.

radkoaleks on April 21, 2012:

I love masted delivers and the high delivers are the better boats to cruise or trip. I've frequented Old Ironsides many times and also taken a trip of Mayflower II plus smaller known high and masted delivers up and down the New Britain shore ... girl of a Norwegian sailor man who proved helpful the high delivers, and girl of a Fast man!

suzy-t on April 20, 2012:

Great information. I'm lucky enough to live in the NY area so our family visit Southstreet Seaport every once in a while. The kids love the tall ships. Congrats on the purple star. Blessed by a SquidAngel...

brendajoy on April 20, 2012:

I think the tall ships are magnificent! I would love to tour one someday. Beautifully done.

Jules Corriere from Jonesborough TN on April 19, 2012:

Terrific informative lens. I really enjoyed the pictures, too. Congratulations on a well deserved purple star. Blessed.

pcgamehardware on April 19, 2012:

I would love to visit one of these ships and take a tour. who knows, maybe one day I will.

Nice lens, thanks for sharing.

Jeri Baker on April 19, 2012:

Very interesting. Touring one sounds like great fun. Thanks.

Michey LM on April 19, 2012:

I have a fascination with Tall ships, they keep alive an era which is gone... and teach us a lot of lessons. In top of that They are so beautiful!

I am glad I discovered this lens, Blessings!

anonymous on April 18, 2012:

Tall Ship Festival in Dana Point, CA every year is a great way to see the ships up close and "in action"! They have a week long festival with pirates and sea battles etc. Usually 5 to 9 ships participate every year besides Dana Point has 2 of their own. Check it out.

Rose Jones on April 18, 2012:

The coolest field trip ever, ever, ever was one that my son took on the Balcutha with his fourth grade class. He was head of the cooking crew, and they cooked over a wood burning stove. They stayed overnight, and it was terrific - the idea was that they were history re-enactors of the time of sailors of the tall ship area. I used to love tall ships when I was a little girl, I remembering reading books on the subject and working on a quilt with ships as the subject. I guess tall ships just capture your imagination. Pinned to my board "My Style"

dariameister on April 18, 2012:

Very cool lens - the Cutty Sark in Greenwich is amazing.

miaponzo on April 17, 2012:

Lovely! I live in Kuwait now and we have two hand made giant tall ships (Booms) that are used as a restaurant and a party and convention hall now :) But they are seaworthy too :)

InfernalCombust on April 17, 2012:

I've toured the USS Constitution and Mayflower II as a child. Now I want to bring my daughter.

MelonyVaughan on April 17, 2012:

What a wonderful idea! I'm looking forward to touring one of the ships you listed here. =)

Lee Hansen from Vermont on April 17, 2012:

I love masted ships and the tall ships are the supreme vessels to sail or tour. I've visited Old Ironsides many times and also taken a tour of Mayflower II plus lesser known tall and masted ships up and down the New England coast ... granddaughter of a Norwegian sailor who worked the tall ships, and daughter of a Navy man!

flycatcherrr on April 17, 2012:

I've been lucky enough to do a short cruise on a tall ship and enjoyed it immensely, but so glad not to be aboard in bad weather!

Mary Crowther from Havre de Grace on April 16, 2012:

Tall Ships are so beautiful and a sight to behold. I enjoyed your lens so much. Angel Blessed!!

SteveKaye on April 16, 2012:

We've seen tall ships in San Diego, and they're fascinating. Thank you for publishing this lens.

IMKZRNU2 from Pacific Northwest on April 16, 2012:

Great Lens! There are 2 Tall Ships you left out that are on the west coast. Their home is Aberdeen, WA. They are The Lady Washington (she was in the movie The Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl...she played The Interceptor) and ported with her is The Hawiian Chieftan. Both offer tours and also internship programs at sea.

Here is a link to their website: http://www.historicalseaport.org/

IMKZRNU2 from Pacific Northwest on April 16, 2012:

Two tall ships you have forgotten on the West Coast are The Lady Washington (this ship was the HMS Interceptor in the Pirate's of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl) and The Hawaiian Chiefton both can be read about here: http://www.historicalseaport.org/

Very nice lens! Gotta love those Tall Ships!

ismeedee on April 16, 2012:

This lens gives me a great holiday idea to take my little boy on a tour of ships across England. He'd love it!

KateHonebrink on April 16, 2012:

There always seems to be a tall ship in the Duluth, MN harbor every summer - they are beautiful! Thanks for such a stunning lens!! Great job!

BradKamer on April 16, 2012:

There is a tall ship exhibit every summer in Chicago. Nice lens!

dumutu on April 16, 2012:

the HMS Victory reminded me of a story in Tin-Tin.... :)

Very nice lens, thank you..:)

Country Sunshine from Texas on April 01, 2012:

I've always wanted to sail on a tall ship! This is a really nice article. Thanks for sharing it!

cardiffcroupier on March 29, 2012:

It's great to see the tall ships of Portsmouth being featured. HMS Victory is currently undergoing a change of "ownership" to a charitable status to continue the great work done on it.

Also on the Mary Rose front (also within Portsmouth Historic Dockyard), they are slowly getting ready to re-open the exhibit after drying her timbers after over 20 years of work.

Keep up the good work.

gamrslist on March 18, 2012:

ehe tall ships race has come through scotland a few times don't know if you new that .

MacPharlain (author) on March 15, 2012:

@anonymous: The Australian Maritime Museum is home to a replica of HMB Endeavour. They may have info you're looking for.

anonymous on March 15, 2012:

Does anyone remember the Tall ship the Endeavour 11 That did the Captain Cook Bicentennial in Austrailia in 1970 and was destroyed by a storm in new zealand. I am the son of the Owner and am trying to find info for Web site

madoc on February 23, 2012:

A very useful lens!

Johanna Eisler on January 28, 2012:

I am really looking forward to sharing this page with my husband, who absolutely loves tall ships! Thanks so much for making this lens! And congratulations on making the front page!

SayGuddaycom on January 26, 2012:

I have been on the Constitution and the Star of India. In fact, my boat is anchored very close to the Star and I see her every day. Fantastic lens.

grnidlady on January 23, 2012:

great lens! i love tall ships and to see them sailing in the big bay of san diego is awesome!

jimmyworldstar on January 22, 2012:

The classic tall ship to me is made out of wood. I imagine it must be harder to move the ironclads because of the heavier material and mass. Thank goodness for the steam engine!

Boatgone on January 18, 2012:

Nice lens. I've been to 'old ironsides' a couple of times, it's great to think of the history of these old boats.

goldenrulecomics from New Jersey on January 01, 2012:

cool list. I've been to the Constitution and the Constellation. Would love to see the others...

itgraphix on January 01, 2012:

Amazing ships.Good lens Thanks

Northwestphotos on November 21, 2011:

Love the tall ships! We had a fantastic Tall Ships Festival here in Tacoma, Washington State a few years back for the first time. It drew thousands of visitors. Hope to see them back again in the future. Thanks for the great lens!

anonymous on November 18, 2011:

This was a really good lens I have had the good fortune to see first hand one of these ships so it was really great to see it featured here

TransplantedSoul on November 10, 2011:

These are amazin pieces of engineering.

innaissac on November 06, 2011:

Impressive lens about the history of tall ships. Beautiful ships and a beautiful lens.

SIALicenceUK on November 03, 2011:

Would be amazing to have a trip on one of these, hopefully one day I get to do it. Great Lens.

food monkey on October 24, 2011:

loved the lens!

Char Milbrett from Minnesota on October 15, 2011:

pretty

SaintFrantic on October 10, 2011:

Great piece of history.Thanks

ScamsOfTheHeart on September 30, 2011:

I love tall ships and did not know until now that people can tour them. Thanks for the information!

MacPharlain (author) on September 13, 2011:

@trustytraveltip1: I've read articles and seen pictures of it...that is some yacht! Very sleek with computer controlled masts and sails.

Here's a link for anyone interested: Maltese Falcon

MacPharlain (author) on September 13, 2011:

@Countryluthier: The one in Boston is the USS Constitution and yes, it's a tall ship. I plan to get up there and tour it in a few years. That's cool that you toured both of our country's active duty tall ships!

E L Seaton from Virginia on September 11, 2011:

I had a chance on two occasions to visit the Barque Eagle (US Coast Guard trainer) and a tall ship. It was a great experience. Is the US Navy's one commissioned sail ship considered a tall ship, I visited it in Boston many years ago. Thanks for sharing such an interesting lens.

trustytraveltip1 on September 06, 2011:

I love tall ship sailing - have you seen the new breed of tall ships (eg. The Maltese Falcon)?

Francis Luxford from United Kingdom on August 22, 2011:

Sounds like an awesome experience!

JanetG LM on August 02, 2011:

Magnificent tall ships. They usually sail into Muskegon, Michigan while touring Lake Michigan. Always a glorious sight. Beautiful lens.

KANEsUgAr on July 03, 2011:

That sounds like fun, I bet my son would love that. Great lens, and lovely pictures, the ships look beautiful.

kimmanleyort on May 29, 2011:

We just saw some tall ships on the Columbia River as we were passing through Astoria, Oregon. They were celebrating their bicentennial. Beautiful ships and a beautiful lens.blessed.

KonaGirl from New York on May 29, 2011:

Another fabulous tall ship lens and another Squid blessing for you! Very well done. Contrats on your purple star too.

Paul from Liverpool, England on January 16, 2011:

Great lens - we've been lucky enough to have the Tall Ships Race twice from Liverpool - they're a magnificent sight sailing out of the Mersey estuary in line.

lasertek lm on January 09, 2011:

I would love to visit with my kids. They'll surely enjoy the experience.

ssully on January 06, 2011:

nice site! I sail them for a living

anonymous on December 28, 2010:

This is a great lens!

A lot of work went into this well-done coverage of the 'Tall Ships'.

Very impressive.

Murvi56 on December 20, 2010:

great lens, seeing one these under full sail is a stirring sight!

jackieb99 on December 18, 2010:

I'd love to visit one someday

pumpnut lm on December 14, 2010:

I've been on a couple of these. Great history!

ChrisDay LM on December 06, 2010:

Trips to Portsmouth, Greenwich and Bristol are a 'must'! Great lens. Thanks

supercibor lm on October 14, 2010:

I enjoyed the tall ships of the Bicentennial in New York City. I enjoyed the tour of the Intrepid this summer

anonymous on October 05, 2010:

Nice lens, touring a tall ship is high on my to do list, problem is my to do list is getting a little long.

irenemaria from Sweden on October 02, 2010:

If you can, come to Europe and watch "Tall ship race". A race with real beautiful sailing ships around many harbours and countries.

anonymous on September 12, 2010:

Great lens! We had a Tall Ships Festival here in Tacoma, Washington for the first time several years ago and it was a big hit. It's great fun for kids and adults alike! It's like taking a step back in history.

SidneyMorgan LM on September 04, 2010:

Such a unique opportunity I think for anyone visiting. These tall ships are fabulous to see in person and the chance to tour around them is so awesome. I recommend highly that anyone who can take the opportunity to see the tall ship in Sydney in particular, because it incredible.

JollyvilleChick on July 03, 2010:

I watched the Tall Ships sail into Boston harbor in 1976 and it was incredible. They are truly amazing to see in person.

Hariexcite on June 08, 2010:

Tours on Tall Ships are extraordinary! Imagine the exotic spices and the gold bullion packed into the holds of these ships or the dreadful pirates these ships have encountered, it is an adventure all the way.

anonymous on May 13, 2010:

These are beautiful ships that is for sure

anonymous on September 25, 2009:

Does anyone know if there will be a Tall Ship / OpSail event in 2010 along the east coast - as there was in 2000?

MacPharlain (author) on July 17, 2009:

[in reply to bren] Bren, thanks for the tip on Mayflower II! I added her to the North America list. Cheers...

atirial on July 15, 2009:

Great lens! I spent the summer at Portsmouth going round HMS Warrior and Victory. They really are beautiful ships.

anonymous on July 12, 2009:

You forgot the Mayflower II (replica of the original) in Plymouth, MA, Eastern USA. You can tour this tall ship as well.

Kiwisoutback from Massachusetts on June 16, 2009:

Looks like there's a tall ship just off the coast of where I live right now according to the live map. I just featured this tall ships lens on the ExSquidition Travel Journal today. Excellent job!

Kiwisoutback from Massachusetts on June 16, 2009:

Tall ships have come to my area a couple of times, but not for quite some time. I'd like to see them again. I'll check out the tracking map you linked to. Great work!

ElizabethJeanAl on June 12, 2009:

I grew up in land-locked Minnesota. Now that I live on the Atlantic coast, I love to sit on the beach and watch the boats, but I've never seen a "tall ship" in the harbor.

Great lens!

Thanks for sharing

Lizzy

EpicFarms on June 12, 2009:

Great lens and full of wonderful information. I've always thought tall ships were awesome! Thank you for visiting my body language lens :o)